Japanese Ambassador For Sweden Considers Pikachu His Son

Who wouldn’t with that face?

And now for your wholesome news of the day: Shigeyuki Hiroki, the Japanese ambassador to Sweden since October 2018, loves Pikachu so much he sees Pokémon‘s mascot as a son. This heartwarming declaration hailed from a surprise tweet yesterday morning, and while it’s in Swedish, Kotaku comes to the rescue with a translation:

“The first time I saw Pikachu, I felt that he was my son. When Pokémon Go came out in 2016, Pikachu and the other millions of figures got new friends around the world. Now I will gladly see the Detective Pikachu movie.”

While “millions of figures” might be hyperbole, it’s humbling to witness such love from a government figure; personally, I feel something of a kinship with Mr. Hiroki, as I bear similar feelings for Nintendo’s Kirby. Perhaps Mr. Hiroki could spare similar affection for the much-maligned Sonic the Hedgehog movie design? Granted, director Jeff Fowler mentioned they’re renovating that ill-received monstrosity, but we imagine nothing will satisfy the fatigued Sonic fanbase at this point.

Regardless, do you indulge in paternal devotion towards adorable game characters? Let us know in the comments below!

Anthony Pelone
Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.

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